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May 21, 2012 10:30pm EDT
rather than by parliament, and part of that is true, so why not leave as it were the living law, the common law to be developed in the same way? i admit there is a strong argument on that side and my judgment which is a balanced one and not a -- well, it is that to get to -- and first of all the point needs to take this job on now. and to that i say that justice leveson made the point in an interrogatory way that the effect of us as i use the analogy here, the passing of the parcel of the law of privacy is to put the judiciary unfairly in the frame. being criticized for this, when in fact it was parliament. it is the responsibility and of parliament to say, and making a statement to everybody that as citizens, they do have a right to have their privacy protected, and not absolutely, but generally. >> on page 8 before we deal with privacy, you muse over what the, what was then going to be a nonstatutory inquiry over to cultural ethics and practice, and a few days later, it ceased to be that. >> i am struck how much this is a piece of ancient history when i reread that paragraph.
May 22, 2012 4:30am EDT
on the lawrence family and also on parliament because we had been under great criticism for prebriefing which i did not go in for myself, but with the government, and i obtained an injunction to stop the "sunday telegraph" and then subsequently lifted because they had printed copies and it was huge rumpus that i was trying to stop the presses, and it was absurd. if i had been telling them not to publish the report, then of course, public interest to publish it, but it was about whether one newspaper was entitled to public extracts, and for all sorts of reasons, not least, the fact of the summary which was written from number 10 didn't go anywhere else, and for other reasons that leak came from number 10 and not from alastair campbell, because i don't believe he knew anything about it, but it came from 10, and i knew the person who was the leak in the inquiry and it took some time, but we weren't able to take some discipline reaction against them, but we knew who they were and they subsequently left working for downing street, but i was angry about it and furious >> can i ask
May 9, 2012 8:30pm EDT
about the jobs and being squeeze. what they look at in parliament, doesn't appear to relate to that. and in the meantime. in the meantime there is a daily soap opera about the relationship between politicians and the press. the danger for the government is, they can never get any of the messages out at once. they don't seem to address the things that worry them. and that is the dilemma. it seems to me norman smith was scurrying up the steps at westminster, giving us a symbol of how fast the government legislation. you now have the prime minister effectively saying, i've done what i wanted to do on schools and hospitals and well fare reform, or at least in terms of the laws, i've done what i wanted to do. i just want to implement it now. there's a lot of people in that building who are paid to debate laws and pass them. and there's an old saying, you don't keep them busy, they'll make themselves busy, usually when they make themselves busy bs it's not good for prime ministers. >> given that, what is mr. cameron hoping against, just in terms of the message, this is really the tricky t
May 21, 2012 10:30am EDT
authority of the government and parliament confer but in their operations are independent of government, parliament, and commercial vested interests and then you analogies with other regulatory spheres. what do you say about the word structure? >> what do you mean by that? >> in other words, the system of regulation which carry structure the government in part can confer. >> yeah, my point is if it is some of these bodies that i mention, let's take the legal services act leading to the legal wases board. i think the fact that it's flown from an act of parliament gives it greater authority. >> yeah. >> i think the fact that parliament then can having recall uponity effectiveness is a good thing. i think the fundamental weakness of the pcc has always been the fact than it's a self-regulatory body drummed by the people who regulate it. who so the regulator is regulating those who are being regulated without any real parliamentary oversight of any kind. >> yes, of course, what lord hans said was that if you even go down that route, there are enough parliamentarians who will reall
May 2, 2012 12:30am PDT
-democracy leader suu kyi has arrived at the burmese parliament, where she is expected to take her seat in parliament. just over a month after she and her party enjoyed sweeping success. for more on this, i am joined via skype. welcome to the show. how big of a milestone is it for the burmese people? >> [no audio] tell us how much of a milestone is it that suu kyi and her fellow national pro-democracy party members will be able to take their seats today in parliament? >> [no audio] i am sorry, we are having some trouble. we will try to return to this story just a little later. rupert murdoch is not fit to run an international company, that was the scathing report from a group of british lawmakers today. the parliamentary select committee found that mr. murdoch's company misled parliament about the scale of phone hacking at one of his newspapers. the finding was less than unanimous. news corp. has shot back a statement, calling some of the committee's language unjustified and highly partisan. our business editor has more. >> rupert murdoch, until recently, seen as the world's most powerful
May 9, 2012 8:00pm EDT
government's plans for the second half of this parliament, what might be dubbed coalition phase two. >> thank you very much. and it is reassuring, on a morning like this, to say that some things never change. the color and traditions of the state opening should be very familiar to most of us anyway. a short while ago, one of the early ceremonial parts of the day, the guard, we'll see lots of them today, where they performed their ceremonial search of the palace of westminster. >> slow march. >> this was a short while ago, officially the queen's bodyguard. and with the lanterns and swords at the ready, they assure that all is secure for the queen to attend the state opening. the yeoman were the ones who thwa thwarted an intrusion in 1865. that's a little sense of the job right before you there. when we see the crowd in the house lords, they will be accompanied later on by members of the government and the opposition, and leading the way will be the prime minister, who's just left downing street, by the way, he left just a few minutes ago, with his wife samantha. and there's been lots of focus
May 9, 2012 9:00pm EDT
subject to scrutiny of draft. my government will seek the approval of parliament related to the agreed financial stability mechanism within the euro area. my government will seek the approval of parliament on the anticipated access of croatia to the european union. my government will work to support a secure and stable afghanistan, to reduce the threat of nuclear proliferation, including in iran, and to bring greater stability to the horn of africa. in the middle east and north africa, my government will support the extension of political and economic freedom in countries in transition. my government has set out firm plans to spend national income as a development assistance from 2013. this will be the first time the united kingdom has met this agreed international commitment. my government will build strategic partnerships with the emerging powers. the united kingdom will assume the presidency of the g8 in 2013. my government will use this opportunity to promote international security and prosperity. in the year of the diamond jubilee, prince philip and i will continue to take
May 21, 2012 10:00pm EDT
start this again. we have to separate statements to parliament from nonparliamentary occasions, and statements of parliament and the rules are clear, and in which parliament is clear to be the first group to hear what a ministry is saying, and so you must not prebrief or publish in advance. and that is often observed in the breech and sometimes the draft of a statement, although it is less frequently, is leaked, but more often there is briefing by a said special adviser or a minister concerned about what they are going to do. and then there are nonparliamentary speeches where you have to make a speech, and it is quite an important one, and that the journalists in the press office say, what are you going brief this out, i used to be told. i used to go along with it, but i used to also say, that i thought that it was kind of absurd, because you ended up having the speech briefed out. so, the people who turned up bothered to turn up to listen to you already knew what you were going to say. and i just think it is better if everybody said, look, that if you are going to make a speech, an
May 2, 2012 6:30pm EDT
suu kyi who spent nearly 20 years under house arrest has taken her seat in parliament. rich harvey reports from the burmese capital. -- rachel harvey. >> there are many steps to democracy. 18 months ago, aung san suu kyi was still under house arrest. now she was being welcomed into burma's grandiose parliament. partyan suu kyi's initially refused to safeguard a constitution that cements the military role, but they were persuaded to back down. aung san suu kyi to occur place in a parliament still dominated by the men in uniform and their party. the reform-minded president -- the relationship between these two leaders is pivotal for firm of's future. aung san suu kyi has taken huge political risks to reach this point. there will need to be many more compromises in the months and years ahead, and yet more courage from all sides if burma's reform is to stay on track. will be the first of your work with parliament now? >> to carry out our duties in parliament as we have been carrying out our duties outside parliament. >> this has been quite the journey for you, as it not? >> it will go
May 2, 2012 5:00pm EDT
the "news of the world" and his international misled parliament. they did not find evidence to suggest rupert murdoch or his son james misled the committee. members were divided over language that said corporate murdoch's unfit to run a major international company. this is one hour and 15 minutes. >> you have by now had time to read the committee. the report. we will make brief statements before we move to questions. i should say that the report concentrates not entirely but in large part on the issue of whether this committee was misled in the evidence it received press of play during its 2009 inquiry. although we go on to draw wider conclusions. it is important to say that the committee has not made any comment about the knowledge or the evidence of any individuals who have been arrested. we have deliberately refrained from doing so because we are conscious of a risk that any comments [unintelligible] might bring a possible criminal trial. the committee did conclude unanimously that les hinton misled the committee in 2009 in not telling the truth about the payments made to cl
May 6, 2012 9:00pm EDT
cameron response to questions from parliament this week about his ties to news corp. and allegations that his culture secretary in gauged in inappropriate dealings with the news agency. and activists discussed the ability for clean energy and fossil fuels. bank the moon will be at the center for strategic and international studies to talk about the u.n. and pose conflict situations. if you could watch live coverage starting at 11:00 a.m. eastern. the house budget committee is marking up a bill to replace a $600 billion in mandatory defense cuts. they are required by law as part of last summer to raise the debt ceiling. it begins at 2:00 p.m. eastern. last week, david cameron denied having any of her free at -- and having any inappropriate interactions with rupert murdoch. it was by culture secretary and jeremy hon. >> order, an urgent question. >> mr. speaker, ask the prime minister if you will -- in respect with his dealings with news corp. to the independent adviser. >> last wednesday, i answered questions on this issue, and the culture secretary -- let me state again, i sat up to
Apr 30, 2012 6:30pm PDT
temosheno. >> and aung san suu kyi agrees to take her seat in parliament. >> an international organization says austerity is making matters worse. captioned by the national captioning institute diplomatic crisis over the jailing of the former prime minister yulia tetymoshenko. >> the eu has for a long time fought for tymoshenko be released. but now claims that she has been beaten in jail have brought things to a head. >> her family says she urgently need hospital treatment outside ukraine. >> angela merkel reportedly will not be going to any matches in ukraine unless kiev improves as the treatment of the the former prime minister. one of her ministers has said he would stay away. >> as things stand right now, i do not think it would be acceptable for ministers to the long as spectators. my concern is there is a danger it would give validity to the editorial -- to the dictatorial regime. >> the boycott because of ukrainian government's treatment of the former prime minister. tymoshenko is in jail over charges many say are politically motivated. for 10 days, s
May 21, 2012 11:30am EDT
through consensus in parliament or through a referendum. the conservatives were opposing the bill, that second reading, and i was anxious to see whether we could reach an accommodation so we could get their endorsement to it. and also i thought part of what lord wakeham and the pcc was saying was reasonable. if i may refer you to paragraph 103 where i refer to the letter lord wakeham wrote to chris smith on the 12th of january, 1998. january 12th, 1998, he said there are two central problems. one was issue of prior restraint. i thought they had a point there. but lord wakeham went on to say there was a second issue which you described as far more serious, which is whether the pcc should be a public authority within the terms of the bill. now, in fact, the pcc was not public authority under the terms of the bill. but what the pcc were trying to secure was a situation where the media were out with impact of the bill, so you just throw a ring around them somehow and they'd be excluded from any adjudication on the conflict in the articles 8 and 10 or anything else. now, that was just imposs
May 2, 2012 5:30pm EDT
arrest for opposing her country's military rulers has taken her seat in parliament. >> there are many steps on the way to democracy, but some seem bigger than others. 18 months ago, aung san suu kyi was under house arrest. now, she was welcomed into the parliament. this was a delay parliamentary to do. her party initially refused to swear to safeguard a constitution that cements the military's role in politics. they were persuaded to back down. and sang sue chee taking her place in a chamber still dominated by the many new reforms. -- aung san suu kyi taking her place in a chamber still dominated by many new reformers. the relationship between these two leaders is pivotal to burma's future. aung san suu kyi has taken huge political risks to reach this point, so, too, the general strike in his political transition. there will need to be many more compromises, and yet more courage shown by all sides if the reform process is to stay on track. what would be the first focus of your work in parliament? >> to carry out my duties within parliament as they have been carried out outside of
May 18, 2012 1:00pm EDT
difficult. i was always clear that if i was asked to go to parliament i should do and indeed plenty were the times when i was arguing with the whips office to let me go to parliament rather than to sort of hide. and ultimately if you just as straight as you could be that could woman through even though you get an uncomfortable ride on the way. >> the point you made about rising share price in opposition that it's inevitable in opposition the politicians have got to castrate journalists because that's the best way of getting their message across. the share price rises they're then in government and the position changes. how or what is the best way to manage that change, the expectations which arise on both sides in your view. >> yes, the relationship between media and politicians is not smesrical as between government and opposition. in opposition what matters is what you are saying. it is -- and what you're saying you're going to do. you can't be tegssted in terms your action. much press and media reporting of politics is copy which is framed by reference to the government. and these day it'
May 18, 2012 3:00pm EDT
evidence about how they report politics and parliament, i am consistently amazed that newspapers complaining about low turnout, and at elections. i think that 20 years ago, it was much higher, and not understanding they have contributed to a significant degree to a culture in which politics is seen as boring, seen as completely self-serving and it is not for smart people to get involved in, and even to the point of voting. so of course sh, there is going be a -- that has an effect, and they don't really think about that. they are highly quixotic and the same newspaper can be praising a politician one day, and then i can be using the cuttings, and then the next month i am the greatest thing since sliced bread and then the next month, paternity is being questioned even by the same people who have written this, and they have no memory at all and it does not matter what you have said before. because previous statements can not never be adduced from a newspaper, and where as quite prop properly they can against politicians. and one thing that many newspapers are lacking in is an under
May 18, 2012 2:30pm EDT
the balance of forces in parliament because although we had a majority in the house of commons, we never had a majority in the house of lords. and if the house of lords had decided to block the bill, as they could have done, or to delay it, i would have then been faced with a situation with whether i lost the whole of the bill or i dumped this particular part. and i faced exactly that dilemma ten years before over the crime of disorder bill where a proposal to lower the age of consent for gay people to the age as heterosexual people was defeated in the lords and i was about to lose a whole of that measure. so i had to drop that part of it and do it separately. so what would have happened if i'd had more time, if we'd been able to take this bill through in normal time, which would have been to the end of that session, which would have been october, 2008, i could have drawn breath and then, i think, found it easier to satisfy mr. thomas, who i wanted to satisfy, so i couldn't have the prisons going into meltdown. that was the difficulty. so i'd like to think that even in slower time
May 9, 2012 7:00am EDT
parliament. >> you all know this is inevitably on the impact of the measures contained in the queen's speech verge with a different in different parts of the u.k.? we are involved with different assemblies and parliament. to consider what the impact might be outside westminster i am joined by nigel pots and a guest robertson. anything in the queen's speech that will be particularly welcome the or not welcomed? >> there are some interesting measures in terms of splitting the retail and the investment side of the regulation issues but by and large this is made of a number of individual light of this. disappointing thing for families and hard-working people not in terms of reducing the heavy cost of fuel and diesel but the real crisis in terms of energy cost, cost of living. these are the issues that really affect people and there was little in the queen's speech that will impact on those issues for hard-working families and individualss and businesses. really crushed by the lack of kraft and that is what we're looking for the next term of parliament. >> the view from wales? >> a very im
May 22, 2012 4:00am EDT
sections of legislation have to be activated because otherwise parliaments will undermine it. it's a wider issue. >> well, it is, because if you go back to criminal justice legislation -- >> the 2003 act. it's absurd. and if there were that discipline on ministers and officials, then the laundry list in legislation would be much less and we would have to think through more carefully the consequences. >> next please, mr. straw, general questions about media influence on public policy, paragraphs 114 and following. just pick up some isolated points. paragraph 119 on page 02559 where you refer to periods when pressures from the press can be intense, and then you mention sara's law, which i think was a "news of the world" campaign. >> yes, you're right about that. so both were perceived by rebecca -- when she was editor of "news of the world." yeah. >> in terms of the intensity of the pressure, can you expand on that, please? >> well, the -- i mean it was greater over sara's law than it was over prison shivs. but newspapers decided to run a campaign. that's how they sell papers. and in t
May 1, 2012 6:00am EDT
the tea was aware and content. the secretary of state failed to provide full information to parliament or the secretary of state failed to require his subservience to provide accurate information to a assembled committee. both are breaches. of the ministerial code. >> rather than brained noisily, let's allow the question to be finished. >> both sides of ride roughshod over the rights of parliament. >> there was an appearance and what the ministry secretary said he backed with his assistance said. when asked to clarify, he made clear that he agrees the arrangements within the department as i said in my statement and he was pleased with the role of the special adviser. i know the gentle lady allows our committee to drift into these kinds of things but she is completely wrong. >> there is an urgent need to restore public confidence and the processes lead to decisions in this process and to achieve that, an increase to be held in the open in which witnesses give evidence in public subject to cross-examination and under oath. well the concern -- if there is concern is that questions remain,
May 10, 2012 6:30pm PDT
. but in parliament today, the chancellor again laid out her arguments for massive spending cuts. >> going for another contest of wills, the chancellor allied the many challenges facing next week's g-8 summit. for most again with the economic crisis in which most of europe remains mired. >> growth through structural reforms is sensible, important, and essential. growth through more debt would bring us right back to the start of the crisis. that is why we cannot and will not do that. >> the opposition accused the chancellor of worsening the crisis in europe with her emphasis on austerity. >> what you have is the wrong economic and financial policy. everyone is telling you so. the u.s. government, the oecd, most of the european union's member states, the international monetary fund, all are telling you so. >> merkel faced a barrage of criticism, not least because of big regional elections looming this weekend. many important issues facing the g-8 summit were not mentioned at all. >> in other news, syrian state media reported that unidentified terrorists planted the two car bombs th
May 24, 2012 6:00pm PDT
? will there be a power vacuum or will parliament continue regardless? >> there will be a fierce legitimacy crisis because the constitution will come to an end. the same assembly may continue as a parliament, but parliament cannot adopt a constitution. therefore, i have a feeling that the political forces are under tremendous pressure to make some sort of a compromise. do not forget that nepal has made compromises of sorts. it is possible the constitution could be partially adopted as an incomplete document. some of the provisions would be decided later by the parliament or by the assembly that they are going to complete. therefore, one cannot say what the form would be, but i still hold out the possibility of a very last-minute compromise. >> all of this uncertainty has it had -- has had an impact on the call itself, on the economy. people still live in dignity paul itself -- on nichol itself, on the economy. people still live on about a dollar a day. >> they are asking them to finish the job. the supreme court has instructed twice that you can have no more extensions. but the r
May 8, 2012 2:30pm PDT
trying to form a coalition of the hung parliament that resulted from the weekend elections. if they fail, new elections may be called, possibly in june. >> that would end tax hikes and salary cuts. the syriza has labeled the e- backed austerity plan "barbaric " and "of failure." >> after sunday's elections, the radical leftist syriza party is next diamine to form a coalition. they had and uncompromising message. he threatened to nationalize banks and spoke about the terms of the international bailout for greece. >> the international debt should be investigated by an international commission. there should be a moratorium on an repayment. we need a european solution. the problem is not singular to grace. it is a european crisis. -- the problem is not singular to grece. -- greece. >> needs the support of one of the mainstream parties, the center-left or center-right, and they remain commented -- they remain committed to the international bailout. >> we're jains by a parliamentarian at the european parliament for the fdp. are you expecting efforts to form a coalition in greece to fail a
May 24, 2012 6:30pm PDT
legislation pushed through the german parliament with opposition support. the opposition, particularly social democrats, feeling very strong at the moment, having come off of a very successful election in germany's largest state, so they are in a position to demand concessions, and they will. the fact is, too, that the opposition are basically with the chancellor on the austerity front. germany has a reputation for fiscal rectitude that goes well beyond the current government, so i think we will see the opposition playing hard to get, but they will come around to a deal. >> i was going to ask you -- what do you think is likely to happen? do you think merkel will give in an embrace more growth policies? >> chancellor merkel is under tremendous pressure to embrace more growth policies, and that pressure comes from her european partners but also other areas in germany. chancellor merkel made a big speech to parliament earlier this month where she acknowledged that growth measures and austerity are the twin pillars of european economic policy. i think we will see her coming u
May 18, 2012 3:30pm EDT
mean, at the moment, if you look at what is going on in parliament, of course, there is a lot of partisan argument over for example, of the bskyb and i won't go into any detail, and that is obvious. behind, that i think that what i divine is that clear understanding by all of the parties that we got too close to the papers and that applies particularly to the two main parties. and it is not healthy for anybody, and least of all not for the press, so with luck, there will be that. continuing momentum for change and some of us can do the best to ensure that it takes place. >> i'm pleased to have asked you the question, because listening to mr. campbell the other day, i don't say it was very depressing, but it certainly creates a concern. >> i mean, i -- look, i'm not in any doubts, sir, that there is a concerted effort by some of the newspapers to argue against any form of more coherent regulation than you have today, and i think that mr. dayco has said he has a perfectly honorable view, but i don't share, about what he thinks will happen if there is a marked regulation. i hope and
May 7, 2012 5:00am EDT
only the government, but the parliament. it's the same. for all of us. >> it's positive. now we know what people want. so we'll continue to live, but with little relation to reality. now we know what the reality is. >> tim, a couple of months ago, we were talking about how the greek debt crisis seemed to have sold in the parliament, to meet the conditions everybody set for them. is it fair to say now that the debt crisis is back? >> absolutely. basically everything that was agreed with such difficulty a couple of months ago, that enormous bailout from the conditions for it, all that now is back on the table. the leader of what's now the biggest party, new democracy, he'll go to see the president this afternoon. he'll be asked to form a new government. he'll only have three days to try and form that coalition, but the problem is, his party, new democracy and the socialists, the two that backed the bailout, between them they haven't got past the seats in parliament. >> let's go from athens to berlin, speak to our correspondent there, steve evans. it does feel as though the political ba
May 2, 2012 6:00am PDT
in the heart of kabul, where many foreign embassies and the parliament building are located. the taliban have vowed to continue to fight. anti-american feelings in afghanistan have been aggravated by several scandals involving u.s. forces. among others, they included troops burning the koran and the killing of dozens of civilians by a u.s. soldier. a large part of the population are calling for the early withdrawal of american troops. >> earlier my colleague shery ahn spoke with koichiro tanaka from the energy institute of japan. >> mr. tanaka, how has the death of osama bin laden affected al qaeda? >> first of all, we haven't seen any sort of a major attack by the al qaeda network so far for the year, so that means their capability of striking are, well, other countries, are diminished in that sense. but still, they have proven to, say, launch attacks against targets in countries like yemen or somalia, where the local security is very weak and poor. but we shouldn't forget that the largest safe haven for al qaeda, which has always been pakistan, is still there. ayman al zawahiri
May 1, 2012 7:00am EDT
. the committee said the 81-year-old british tycoon's paper misled parliament during its inquiry into the scandal which -- into the scandal. hello and welcome to g.m.t. i'm george. also in the program, main-stream politicians beware from greece to france to spain. there's mounting anger over the emphasize on budget cuts. they live, work and type together but can soldiers really trust their afghan colleagues? it's 7:00 a.m. in washington. 1:00 in the afternoon in paris and midday here in london where a highly-anticipated report by british parliamentary committee has heavily criticized rupert murdoch and his son, james, over the phone hacking scandal at the now-defunct "news of the world" tabloid paper. he said he was -- said he was not a fit person to have stewardship over a major international company. >> that corporately at news world and news international misled the committee repeatedly about the true extent of the nature of the what they claimed to have carried out in decision to the phone hacking and failed to disclose documents that would have revealed the truth. as a result of
May 1, 2012 6:00pm PDT
lawmakers today. the committee found that mr. murdoch's company misled parliament about the scale of phone hacking. news corp. shot back at the statement, calling some of the language unjustified and highly partisan. our business editor of reports. >> rupert murdoch seen as the world's most powerful media mogul. today, declared not a fit person to run an international business. he and his colleagues turned a blind eye for years to a phone hacking by journalists at the news of the world. >> everybody in the world knows who is responsible. will part murdoch. more than any individual alive, he is to blame. morally, the deeds are his. he pay the piper. >> the committee was arguably even more damning about his colleagues. the former editor, the legal affairs manager, and his right- hand man. all accused of misleading impi'' by telling them packing was limited to the work of a single reporter. the whole house of commons may find them guilty of contempt. they have all rejected the damage verdict. it was a disclosure last year that the news of the world had the phone of a murdered teenager t
May 8, 2012 7:30pm EDT
think it would be a good idea if actually parliament delivered a house of lords that had people who were elected by you, the members of public in the house of lords to pass the laws that we all have to live by? sure i do. and every single party, major party, went into the last election saying that they wanted to reform the house of lords. so i think it's a perfectly sensible reform for parliament to consider. as i say, what matters, the things we're really focused on, getting that deficit down. getting our economy moving and creating a country and a society that's more worthwhile where people feel if i put in, i get out. if i work hard, i do the right thing, i will be able to do better for myself and my family. that's the program that the government is really pursuing. but sorting out some of our constitution at the same time, i don't see why parliament can't deal with that, as i said. >> on the first point, it's worth remembering that the new french president, i think he said he's committed to balancing the books in france by 2017. now when we discovered as a coalition government l
May 9, 2012 9:30am EDT
the course of this parliament, this coalition government will deliver 250,000 more apprentices than were planned by the previous government. it's one of the things actually i think really brings both parties together is a kind of passionate belief that we've got to kind of give the same sense of esteem and respect for vocational education, including apprenticeships as we traditionally have for an academic university base. for too long there's been this barely disguised snobbery that says once you leave school the only good thing to do is to go to university. of course it's not right. and we know from the most competitive economies in europe and elsewhere, look at germany. look at denmark and some of these countries that have very successful economies. it's because they value vocational education just as much as academic education. and that's why we're investing huge amounts of extra money in expanding the number of apprenticeships which are available. >> about half the board of rolls royce, half the board were apprentices. so the apprentices behind us have the ambition of not just w
May 9, 2012 1:30am EDT
want to but because we have to. even at the end of this parliament, we as a government will be spending about 730 billion pounds of your money. that's about 42% of national wealth of gdp which is more, by the way, than any time between 1995 and the time when the banks went belly up in 2008. and the final thing i'd say is this. dealing with the deficit is a means to an end. austerity alone doesn't create -- doesn't create growth. it's unnecessary but not sufficient step towards creating growth. but the end, what we are absolutely dedicated towards is creating jobs. creating prosperity, creating investment. creating opportunity. creating optimism and hope in our country. and i think as david has indicated, we know we need to do more. constantly strive to do more to create and foster the conditions for growth. and i would particularly underline two areas. firstly, getting lending to british businesses, particularly small and medium sized enterprises. i've just met too many small companies who say they've got great business plan. they are healthy companies and they simply can't get
May 3, 2012 10:30pm EDT
okay. and he tried, and he did. he ended up bringing some of those people into the parliament and into his cabinet and playing this off against that. and being political, which is what a political leader has to do, unless you're an authoritarian. but i thip think public ly -- briefly. it's imperfect. the country was used to sunni rule. a minority sect in the country. the kurds pulled away and kind of operated semi-autonomously in the north. the shia has the largest population and had not been in the driver's seat. once you had an iraqi constitution drafted. once you had an election under that constitution, the majority rule, the shias took over. there was a fight within the shia sect, an element. and in this recent election the man who got the most votes didn't get the job, malawi. malky got it. he was able to stay in. he has a very tough job. just as karzai has a very tough job. and it's easy to look at it from the outside and say oh, my goodness, why don't they do this, why aren't they more like we are? i have no idea how i would behave if i were in maliki's shoes. but he has a big p
May 24, 2012 6:00am PDT
kyi won a seat in parliament in bi-elections last month. she's scheduled to travel to norway in june to deliver an acceptance speech for the nobel peace prize she won in 1991. she will then head to britain to address that country's parliament. >>> a tunisian prosecutor is demanding the death penalty for the country's former president. a court is trying zine el abidine ben ali in absentia for his alleged role in the deaths of protesters last year. the prosecutors called for the maximum penalty at a court hearing on wednesday in the capital tunis. the ousted president fled to saudi arabia as protests engulfed the kun tray in january 2011. he remains in exile. security forces shot and killed more than 200 people during the demonstrations. the protest movement touched off the arab spring pro democracy uprising across north africa and the middle east. zine el an zeen ben ali ruled tunisia. the former president's lawyers dismiss the calls for the death penalty. they insist the prosecution is only trying to satisfy the families of the victims. >>> prosecutors in egypt are also pushing for t
May 2, 2012 12:00pm EDT
ms. hole meyer, i'd be interested to know the debate in parliament about the erection of this european cyber crimes center. of course, the european parliament has a reputation for being rightfully, um, very probing on these kind of questions and particularly in light of recent debates, so what are some of the questions the parliament has as they begin to debate this? >> i'll try to answer the first question in the way that, first of all, the center will try to identify what's already going on. we don't want to duplicate. so if dutch are having a good relationship with their private company and the bk has with deutsche bank, other ones, we will just take the benefit of that and make sure that we get rooted this also. but i think that there is a gap here, and that's what we are trying to actually see how big it is and what we can do about it. and as soon as we identified -- and i've had already phone calls as to the publication of the cyber center -- how can we get you to receive our information? there is some kind of desperation in some of the private companies to get away with
May 23, 2012 6:30pm PDT
also be a sign for a certain disappointment in the people because they have a new parliament since january, and nothing has really happened to address the main problems the country is facing, which are a poor economy, property, the deteriorating security situation, and corruption, and those are the issues that people really have at heart, and those are the problems that they want tackled, and that is also what they expect from their new president. >> we will have an in-depth analysis of what this election means for egypt later on in this bulletin. >> 120 girls have been poisoned at a school in northern afghanistan. police suspect the attack is the work of the taliban who oppose women's education. police say the attackers release an unidentified toxic powder into the air at the school. they say the taliban want to intimidate families into keeping their children away from school. it is the third poison attack at an afghan school this month. >> world powers and iranian negotiators have been meeting in baghdad today about tehran's nuclear program. iran's chief negotiator met a foreign-
Apr 30, 2012 5:30pm PDT
and other members of her party have decided to end their boycott of parliament. they plan to swear an oath to safeguard the country's pro-military constitution. aung san suu kyi told reporters on monday that her national league for de mmocracy will go soon as possible. the party members are to travel to the capital and attend parliament from wednesday. she said the party supporters want to see its members take part. last monday aung san suu kyi and members of her party boycotted parliament's opening session to object the wording of the country's oath of office. the party said that the pledge to protect the country's constitution is the same as approval of military superiority as defined by the document. >>> u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon spoke on monday in myanmar's parliament. it was the first speech by the foreign dignitary by a foreign dignitary to the legislature of the long isolated country. he praised the country's democratic progress. >> the traumatic changes facing myanmar have inspired the world. and we know that the ambitions for the future reach higher still. i have no
May 27, 2012 9:00pm EDT
houses of parliament in late june. this is about 35 minutes. >> question to the branprime minister. >> thank you. i had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others and in addition, i shall have further such meetings later today. >> [inaudible] does the prime minister shiver when he thinks about what happened? >> i think any hon. lady makes a good point. it is worth while listening to what the director of the imf said yesterday. when i think back myself to make 2010 when the u.k. deficit was at 11% and i try to imagine what the situation would be like today, if no such program had been decided, i shiver. that is what she said. we should remember who was responsible for leading that situation. beveling the national debt, a record deficit, a catastrophic and harridans and one for which we have not had an apology still. >> mr. speaker. the law should be added -- changed to allow employers to fire people at will. the business secretary says it is the last thing the government should do. does -- which department do you agree with? >> we need to make it easier for businesses to grow.
May 4, 2012 2:30pm PDT
parties at historic lows, a record number of small parties are likely to enter parliament. our next report looks at the leader of one of those. >> he is unusual fall -- for a politician. his style is modest. he comes across to many greek voters as almost shy. that image and his party's policies have helped his standing in the polls. >> we oppose the cutbacks. they are keeping the country in recession. we also oppose the new austerity package that is part of the great -- the bailout deal. it is part of the endless number of the austerity measures that will in the end cause the middle class to disappear. >> his words have struck a chord with greeks who are weary of three years of crisis. he's among the most popular politicians in greece. politically speaking, his party stands between the socialist party and the communists. together with like-minded supporters, he founded as party just two years ago. the party's guiding principle from the beginning has been yes to the euro and the eu, note to wage and pension cuts -- no to wage and pension cuts. >> in order to pay our debts back, our c
May 29, 2012 7:00pm PDT
brother of one japanese recently spoke to the european parliament to call for support to resolve the issue. he testified at subcommittee on human rights in brussels. he's the first relative of an abductee to testify at parliament. he said north korea abducted citizens of 12 countries, including romania and france. >> our goal is to rescue all the victims abducted by north korea and for that we need the help and the cooperation of the european governments. >> his sister was taken to north korea in 1978. north korea says she died several years later. but they have not provided evidence to support the claim. >> to -- members of the european parliament should put in a strong message and signal to the north koreans. >> seven eu members have embassies in pyongyang. japan and the united states have no diplomat tic ties with north korea. concerns about the country's human rights are growing. the european parliament adopted a resolution in 2010 to urge north korea to improve its human rights situation. >>> yongung egyptians have protested against a veteran of the country's old regime. protest
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